Manchester City and Liverpool remain favourites for new Premier League season

Champions Manchester City and constant rivals Liverpool will be the teams to beat again in the 2022/23 Premier League season.
The 2022/2023 English Premier League promises to excite and entertain every corner of the globe — as it often does — despite the small matter of a Fifa World Cup forcing it to a halt for six weeks in November and December.
The 2021/2022 Premier League was a whirlwind that went down to the last few kicks of the ball on the final day of the season.
That dramatic final day contained late comebacks as the Premier League title shifted from team to team with every other goal scored.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City eventually secured their sixth Premier League title and their second in succession — ensuring the ribbons on the Premier League trophy remained sky blue.
The 2022/2023 season kicks off on Friday night with Manchester City and Liverpool likely to compete for the title once again.
The challenge for a spot in the top four will also be tightly contested with Arsenal and Manchester United, in particular, seeking Champions League places after missing out last season.
Manchester City remain favourites for the title. Guardiola’s men often seem a few levels above the challengers in the league.
The silky interplay, seemingly telepathic movement and near flawless passing displayed by his side may look slightly different this season with the addition of highly acclaimed Norwegian striker Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.
Haaland is an out-and-out striker who prefers the ball to his feet, a contrast to Guardiola’s usual tiki-taka style of play, which he deployed successfully last season without a natural centre forward.
Manchester City also added Argentinian winger Julián Álvarez, who joins the side from River Plate, replacing outgoing stalwart forward Raheem Sterling.
City haven’t made too many changes to last season’s champion squad as they look to continue to dominate the league. City play the final match of the opening weekend against West Ham on Sunday evening at the London Stadium.
Top of the tree
Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool side finished one point behind the Sky Blues last season in a season where the Merseyside Reds battled it out for an unprecedented quadruple trophy haul — ending the season as FA Cup and Carabao Cup champions.
Liverpool have been Manchester City’s biggest rival in the Premier League in the past five seasons, claiming the trophy once and finishing within a three-point margin of the champions twice.
They start this season without Senegalese winger Sadio ...